By Staff Reporter
Coastal towns, in particular Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, are historically notorious for the somewhat easy access to illegal drugs and it seems this unhealthy scenario is intensifying by the day as an investigation by The Patriot revealed.
The most shocking part of this investigation was the fact that minors (boys and girls) from as young as 13 years are being used as drug pushers in the streets of Swakopmund’s Mondesa suburb. In one of the most notorious streets of the said suburb (street name withheld) one will find not less than five “merchants” (drug sellers) living in either houses or backyard shacks, where they run their “businesses” from (a radius of about 600m²). These “merchants” usually do not do the dirty work themselves, but make use of “butlers” who are usually unemployed youths or school drop-outs.
Almost just a stone throw away, down a dark alley which leads one practically to the front porch of the town mayor’s house is a another spot where drugs are being traded for lives.
This spot is a frequently visited one where drug pushing has been going on for ages.
On any given day “butlers” can be observed doing their business in the street right in front of the Mayors’ home.
The Patriot observed this disturbing set-up for quite a while and even spoke to some of the “merchants” and “butlers” (undercover).
What has to come to light is that these drug lords are actually seen by some community members as job providers in a town where unemployed youths are roaming the streets in search of a job. More often than not, they eventually end up as either drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes or criminals.
The most common drugs available are crack cocaine, marijuana (bankies), mandrax, with cocaine also starting to stretch out its white claws of destruction.
Parents and/or guardians of these youths are very well aware of the fact that their children are pushing drugs, but a blind eye is turned as the income which is generated through the drug-selling is welcome to put bread on the table.
Furthermore, most of the community members residing in these areas are “protecting” the drug dealers, as no one will ever dare to speak out or reveal the illegal activities to the police or other authorities. Ironically they are not threatened, but keep their mouths shut as these drug dealers “provide jobs” for their children and are not shy to reach out and assist financially wherever help is needed.
The Patriot spoke to two police officers (stationed at the Mondesa police station, which is a stone throw away from some of the dealers) and it was confirmed that the police are well aware of these streets and the fact that drugs are being sold there.
The officers who insisted on anonymity for obvious reasons, further noted that the biggest challenge in curbing this illegal activities is the fact that community members do not assist the police and also the fact that some of their colleagues are on the payrolls of these drug lords.
It was revealed to The Patriot that at least one police officer is even residing at a backyard shack of one of these drug lords.
On a question regarding the police’s knowledge regarding the fact that children as young as 13 years are used as “butlers”, the response was affirmative.